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Monday
Jul042011

American Vistas

When you work for a 365 Company and practically all of your holidays are on a time clock, after a decade or so you start thinking some really weird things. Things like: “I really don’t see myself celebrating Independence Day this year”. But, then I think about all the things that America has given me, and how thankful I am to be born in a country were Dreamers and Doers are celebrated equally. The biggest of all these was Walt Disney, “an American Original” who believe that a technology-driven Unified World of Tomorrow was “just a dream away.” So to celebrate the same spirit that created the Legacy of EPCOT, I’d like to present our first VISTA from across the lagoon.

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Designers Note: Usually I can’t tell how long I work on these, but considering I Started the whole process last minute at less than 48 hours ago I can say it took 18 hours to work on this one. (12 hours alone just to Vectorize the Pavilion!) And Yes, there are exactly 50 stars in the widescreen version.

 

To All People of All Nations
Happy Independence Day!

 

"TOMORROW will be better for as long as America keeps alive the ideals of freedom and a better life… What I will say now is just what most of us are probably thinking every day. I thank GOD and AMERICA for the right to live and raise my family under the flag of Tolerance, Democracy and Freedom."

-Walt Disney

 

America!
Spread your golden wings
Sail on freedom's wind, across the sky!

 

Thursday
Jun302011

Constructing Tomorrow #4

30 days before opening of the “Newest Wonder of the World,” The EPCOT Center News Briefs provided daily progress reports for the many facets in bringing 21st Century to life in 1982.

 

Click the News Brief to go indepth into the latest installment of Constructing Tomorrow.

Wednesday
Jun222011

A Journey Re-imagined 

Inspired by the opening animation sequence in the original Journey, this modern reinterpretation depicts the accurately renamed “Sparkcatcher” in silhouette floating through an infinite cloudscape.

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Designer’s Note: This image is one that has taken years to “perfect” and is still in no way perfect. In the process, there have been several generations of this concept. This is the just one of many design permeations and hopefully I may now abandon with the least degree of regret.

CONTEST

At the last minute, I decided to incorporate a “hidden” image. The first person to find this detail and reveal its significance will receive an exclusive preview of an upcoming project!

Monday
Jun132011

GATHER, STORE, RE-COMBINE - A History of Imagination (Part 4)

In PART 4 of our History of Imagination, we’ll go from depths of creative melt-down to a renaissance of classic characters and experiences of today. Then take a speculative trip to the year 2015 and explore the exciting yet realistic possibilities for future Journeys.

 

 

Highlights include…

  • A Commentary for the New Millennium
  • The Wonders of “Guerilla Imagineering”
  • A Full Character Analysis of Figment
  • The Hidden History of The Image Works
  • Captain EO Revisited
  • E82 and “the Quest for Dreamfinder”
  • The Enduring Legacy of Imagination

Special Note: Although initially conceived as a history composed in equal lengths, this final installment is larger than Parts 2 & 3 Combined with another ton of information still uncovered! This may be the last segment, but this won’t the last time we’ll Journey into Imagination.

 

 

 

 

Saturday
Jun112011

A Completed Journey

2 Years of Exhaustive Research
7 Very Different Attractions
Over 30 Years of History
50 Footnotes
20 Pages
And
21,199 Words

Have led to this moment.

 

GATHER, STORE

RE-COMBINE

 

The Journey Concludes

6 . 13 . 11